Marakoudja has four core values that permeate everything we do: pragmatism, passion, transparency and perseverance. In this article I will be looking at the motivation that is essential if we want to ‘keep on keeping on’.
Here’s one dictionary definition of the word ‘motivation’: “A broad category of internal determinants that influence behaviour, thinking and mood”.
You’ll agree that this is a relatively broad definition. To bring things down to earth, here is a real-life case that involved me.
Is your organisation sagging under a mountain of requests? Then the Kanban method may be just the thing for you!
How do you react when you need to take a ‘wait-your-turn’ ticket at the post office, the bank or the pharmacy? Personally, I’m a fan of these queuing systems. At the very least, I’m sure I will not be waiting in the wrong line. The approach, which here helps regulate waiting time for customers, is also used in the Kanban method to process service requests in organisations, ranging from invoice approvals, permit applications and in...
I often refer to Stephen Covey in my classes as well as with friends. I even gave my children a copy of his first successful book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” (1) for Christmas this year. I like the simplicity of this book and the way it is divided into seven habits. Stephen Covey brings together the majority of personal development theories in one guide that is easy to follow and understand.
The first habit he recommends is ‘Be proactive’. Being proactive means being aware of two things.
Do you do your best to communicate according to the rules but get no reaction? Alex and Mara’s story may inspire you…
Alex burst into Mara’s office. Wound up and angry, he said: “I’ve really had enough this time! I communicate, communicate and communicate some more, but to no avail!”Mara raised her head from the file she was reading: “Maybe if you give me some more details.”Alex sat down and caught his breath.
“You know I systematically send a report on all project meetings to all participants and members of the management committee. You a...
In theory, we all agree that two heads are better than one. Yet in practice, we sometimes struggle to take fully on board the suggestions made by others without becoming all defensive or saying that we’ve already tried out the idea.
Peer guidance is a powerful way of tapping into the knowledge bases of friends and colleagues without having to overcome the barriers that people naturally put up when told what to do.
More than simply a good idea, peer guidance is a practical tool that has already proven its worth in several lines of business.
This post comes following a conversation with my sister where she listed everything she wanted to do in the upcoming days. I was exhausted just listening and I’ve been thinking about a way to help her free her mind.
Then I remembered the idea of a backlog within the agile Scrum methodology. Let me first quickly explain this interesting concept and then I’ll come back to how we can apply it in our own lives.
Scrum is a methodology for managing the development and maintenance of complex products...
Who hasn’t heard a colleague complain about having too many meetings or wasting time attending a conference that is pretty, or even completely, pointless.
What if it was just a question of positioning, organisation and respect?
Firstly, positioning. Why is a meeting necessary? What is the point? If ten people show up but the topic only concerns one of them, then you can be sure that only one attendee will find the meeting useful. An example would be those meetings where each sales manager gives an overview of their own sales and the dire...